Nissan has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment and Polyphony Digital on a GT Academy open to gamers in the US market. Grand Turismo 5 is being released on November 24, 2010, and GT Academy is being opened up for compeition on December 15, 2010. Registration begins December 1, 2010.
GT Academy will challenge gamers and racing fans alike across the U.S. to compete in a series of online time trials in pre-selected Nissan vehicles in Gran Turismo 5. Throughout the course of the competition, participants will earn free digital content just for playing, as well as have an opportunity to win prizes for winning regional time trials. The top 32 virtual racers in the country will compete in the live national finals event scheduled for March 2011 to become one of 16 GT Academy finalists. The 16 finalists will compete against each other in a series of challenges, including behind the wheel of real Nissan race cars, for a chance to become a professional race car driver as the GT Academy winner for the U.S. The winner will have the opportunity to train with elite race car drivers at international tracks and race as part of a professional team.
The overall competition will run as follows:
Racing enthusiasts will put their racing and gaming skills to the test as they compete in various regional online ladders playing Gran Turismo 5 on the PlayStation®Network. Finalists will then participate in a live head-to-head competition.
16 lucky finalists emerge from the live event and go behind the wheel of real cars, including the Nissan 370Z and GT-R, at a comprehensive GT Academy ‘boot camp’. The ‘boot camp’ will be featured as part of a multi-episode reality show to air on SPEED.
The 2011 U.S. Winner will train to become a professional driver in preparation for competing as part of a professional team at a major race event.
For full terms and conditions and more information about GT Academy please visit: http://us.gran-turismo.com/us/
Nissan has run GT Academies in the UK and the Middle East, this will be the first time the US gets an opportunity to compete, and possibly get a ride with a pro team.